Updated 07:07 AM EST, Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Weird Food From Latin America: Would You Eat Them?

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Latin America is very diverse in its culture. Despite being referred to as one region, each country has its own culture and its own culinary specialties, some of which are not too palatable for tourists.

Of course, taking on the challenge of eating exotic food is part of the fun. Here are some of the weird ones to experiment with whenever you're planning to make a trip south of the globe (or to your Latin American market):

Chapulines -- A regional treat in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Chapulines are grasshoppers cooked in garlic, lime juice, and salt. They're crunchy and delicious, and a great alternative to chips and popcorn when watching a movie. Yum.

Hormigas -- Smaller critters are preferred in Santander, Colombia. Hormigas are a spring delicacy in the region. After they cut off the critters' legs and wings, the bodies are soaked in salty water and then roasted in ceramic pans.

Cuy -- In most parts of the world, rodents are considered pests, and guinea pigs are pets. However, if you're a tourists going around the valleys and plains of Andes, Peru with your pet guinea pig, be aware that they eat and serve them whole. Don't lose sight of your little critter or he might end up being roasted or fried for a family's dinner.

Ubre Asada -- Americans traditionally have hotdogs and burgers at their barbecues, but in Chile and Argentina, you may want to ask what's on the skewer before you start your meal. As it turns out, ubre asadas, which are cow udders, are cooked over an open fire, much like your hotdogs and burgers and skewers.

Bolinho de Frango -- If udders aren't your thing, fried bolinho de frango may be more suitable to your taste. Nothing could go wrong with deep fried chicken anything, right? Of course, this delicacy is not exactly the wing or the drumstick -- it's the chicken testicle.

Of course, these weird delicacies do not represent most of the Latin American culture -- they have other food, too, that is friendlier to a tourist's more delicate palate. Traditional food consists of a lot of beans and spices, which pair well with South American wine and cheeses.

Speaking of cheese, there's an interesting kind in Nicaragua. It is so interesting that even locals can't swallow much of it as its infested with little critters. What kind of critter, you ask? None other than maggots, of course.

Now, would you like your wine to be red or white?

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